Ritz-Carlton just debuted its cruise line, and it is unbelievably fancy

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The Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with luxury. With hotels all over the world that cater to your every whim (plus super-soft towels and bathrobes–score!), it only makes sense that the hotelier would expand its offerings to the seas. The upcoming Ritz-Carlton cruise line looks exactly as fancy (or perhaps even fancier!) than you would expect.

The cruise line plans to debut three ship in its fleet. They measure somewhere between a massive yacht and a small ocean liner. The smaller scale intends to accommodate the “the 1 percent of global travelers,” according to Bloomberg.

“This unique combination of yachting and cruising will usher in a new way of luxury travel for guests seeking to discover the world in a relaxed, casually elegant and comfortable atmosphere with the highest level of personalized service.” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in the press release.

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The cruises plan to travel to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and New England. Passengers should expect spend less time at sea and more time exploring small ports. Although honestly, with amenities this luxe who would ever want to get off the ship? Just look at these rooms!

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Suites Instead Of Staterooms For Ritz-Carlton Cruises

Each cruise liner has 149 suites, accommodating up to just 298 passengers. All ships will have two penthouse suites with about 1500 sq. ft. Many homes do not have that kind of room!  Every single suite (not a stateroom, as they’re commonly referred to on cruises) features a verandah and tall ceilings.

Additionally, ship itineraries won’t force travelers into the typical conventions of a cruise. Forget dining at hundreds of others and rarely finding space to be alone. Instead, the Ritz-Carlton designed an expanded number of intimate dining spaces so guests can eat where and when they please.

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A quick look at other images from the ship designers make it look like paradise on the sea. You literally have the ocean just a few steps away from your lounge chair.

Ritz-Carlton Cruises

Or, you can relax in your in a spacious suite or common area with an ocean view.

Ritz-Carlton Cruises

If this sounds incredible, you can start booking tickets in May 2018. The first cruise sets sail in 2019.

And if the seas make you queasy, then wait to see what the Ritz-Carlton has on the drawing board next.

“With the yachts, we wanted to think about where else we could take our customers,” said Humler in an interview with Bloomberg. “In the next few months, I will work on taking our customer to air, too.”


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